By Maria Teresa B. Benas
BANGUED, Abra, Feb. 13 (PIA) — The Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) has started delivering health equipment to the different hospitals in Abra including the newly constructed Abra Provincial Hospital (APH).
Agnes Pizarro-Casia, team leader of the Abra Field Office, said the DOH program of equipping all the health facilities in the province is already in progress especially those not covered by the Maternal and Child Health Care – Strengthening of Local Health Systems (MCHC-SLHS) project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The Hospital has over P50-million budget to procure ultrasound, CT Scan and X-Ray machines; operating tables and all other necessary tools and furnishings needed in the operating rooms, delivery rooms, intensive care units, and recovery rooms.
Another important equipment being provided are two units of generators for alternate use to ensure the sustainability of its operation and life support program especially in times of power shutdown.
Some of the equipments have been delivered last week.
Casia said the DOH also programmed the construction of new rural health units (RHUs) and expansion of existing RHUs. The newly constructed P1.5-million worth RHU building in Dolores was inaugurated last month while the the extension of the existing RHU building in Tayum is already finished with a total project cost is PP2.5 million.
Five RHUs are also implemented this year in the municipalities of Tubo with P2 million; Luba with P2.5 million; La Paz with P1.5 million; Lagayan with P1.5 million; and Licuan-Baay with P2.5 million.
The RHU in the municipality of San Juan is also given equipment.
Likewise, the district hospitals of Bucay and Dolores are also provided with funding from the DOH-CHD for their extension, repair, and rehabilitation with a total project cost of P1.4 million and P1 million each, respectively. (JDP/MTBB-PIA CAR, Abra)